Fernley and Winnemucca Nevada

Heading to the Balloon Fiesta from California

First Stop Fernley Nevada

We left Sacramento on September 25th, heading east to the Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque taking the long road there!

Balloon Fiesta Trip Overview

We had a bit of a rocky start when our RVi Brake acted up braking hard when it should not.  After getting frustrated about the RVi Brake we accidentally pulled the toad a bit in park!  After several thousand miles pulling our vehicle it shows we can still do stupid things when we get side tracked!  Oh well, live and learn.

We arrived in Fernley, set up camp and took the Eyes of Lola out for a fly.  Our DJI Mavic worked like a charm.  We stayed at the Desert Rose RV Park.  It was a no-nonsense park that was clean and new.  It was on Alt-US 50.

Next stop – Winnemucca and NEW TIRES

On the 25th we drove on to Winnemucca, and wanted to see a bit more about the town.  We visited the Humbolt Museum first then down to Wal-Mart to get groceries.    Thump-thump-thump… something was wrong with the toad.  We stopped at one mechanic that had good Yelp reviews, but he didn’t have time to look at it, so he referred us to Speedy’s just down the road from the RV park that we are staying at.  Once there Jeff spotted a flat spot on one of the tires, and the mechanic confirmed that was where we need to start in figuring out the problem.

You guessed it, we needed to invest in a new set of tires.  Good thing there is a Les Schwab Tire Store in town.  Of course, because of the all wheel drive you can’t just get one or two replaced.  Nope, all four. Augh!  Well, it could have been a lot worse.  The transmission was fine, and the tires were past their prime so it wasn’t to bad that we needed to get all four replaced.

Weather was great and the high desert was… very dry ;-).   We had to keep remembering to drink lots of water.  (Beer too!)

We stayed at the New Frontier RV park outside Winnemucca – it was off the highway a bit so it was relatively quiet.  We spent 2 days here so we could explore the museums (and get new tires).  And another flight with Eyes of Lola.

 

Happy Trails!

Lone Tree Point and Hope Island

Thousand Trails La Conner

Lone Tree Point and Hope Island

The Swinomish Indians share some of their land with the Thousand Trails La Conner Preserve in Washington.  La Conner Thousand Trails  is on the Puget Sound just north of Seattle.  Lone Tree Point is a sacred spot for the natives in the area.

Here’s a map of the area, compliments of the Swinomish Indian Tribe

 

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Swinomish Indian Reservation

And an aerial view of the point:

2017-06 Lone Tree point

Lone Tree

On the point of land is a single lone tree.  Over the years, storms have ravaged the tree, and it is smaller than it was when we were last here in 2006.  The tribe is growing seedlings from the seeds of the Lone Tree to eventually replace the old tree.  The Swinomish tribe has established a marine interpretive center primarily focused on the clam re-seeding program.  There are several informative signs explaining what the tribe is doing.  They are experimenting with raising clam varieties that are better suited for eating than the invasive non-native pacific clams.

From Lone Tree Point, out in the sound is a large floating nest of pens where salmon are farm raised.  These do not belong to the Swinomish Indians and the tribe has erected a sign explaining the amount of pollution created by these pens.

Getting Some Pictures

Great weather continued during our visit to thousand Trails La Conner, and I spent a couple of hours out on Lone Tree Point enjoying the sea breeze.  On a couple of visits I flew the DJI Mavic Drone to capture the beautiful scenery.

Here’s the flight path on one of the flights (using Air Data):

Hope Island Flight

Hope Island Flight

I have been experimenting with using D-Log and the GC-Heron LUT (Look Up Table) for color adjustment from RTH Studios (non-paid reference).  I have found it a challenge to dial in the drone camera settings and the right post production settings.  More drone photography experiments to come!  {Updated Video with Corrected Color Grading}

 

Back to Oregon

As I mentioned in a previous post about our arrival in La Conner, in May and June we were in the middle of getting my dad’s house  ready for sale.  Fortunately my brother was able to maintain the house and get a new roof up prior to Christine and I arriving to get it ready for sale.  We remodeled the kitchen and bathrooms, put new siding on the house and painted it inside and out.  Thank goodness my younger daughter and her husband were able to take some time off from their busy schedule or we would probably still be up in Oregon getting it fixed up.  Thank you!

Anchor

Dad’s house

What’s next?

As a retired couple full-timing in their RV, life is a breeze, eh?  Not!  We purchased a true fixer-upper close by our daughters in the Sacramento area and are currently busy ripping out carpets, remodeling bathrooms and the kitchen and hauling trash away!  Almost feels like work.  Good thing we have Lola to live in during these crazy times.

We are headed to Albuquerque for the Balloon Festival and are busy planning our winter visit to Arizona and South Texas.  Stay tuned!   We will explore more of Nevada, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico on our way to the festival.

Balloon Trip

New Mexico here we come

In the meantime I want to do some reviews of tools we have been using successfully and NOT over the past full year of full-timing in Lola.

Jeff and Christine

 

Happy Trails

 

Whale Watching and Friday Harbor

Whale Watching and Friday Harbor

Trips and Places to Visit while at Thousand Trails La Conner

Whale Watching!  We spent a day in the San Juan islands located north of Puget Sound watching whales and visiting Lime Kiln Point State Park on San Juan Island.

We started off with a ferry ride from Anacortes to Friday Harbor on San Juan island.  The water was calm and weather clear so we could see Mt. Baker in the Cascades and Mt. Olympus in the Olympic range.  I always feel reinvigorated feeling the sea breeze wash over me.

 

 

No drone video for this episode – took the little Panasonic for stills and video using that.  After arriving at Friday Harbor we drove to Lime Kiln State park while we were waiting for our whale watching boat.  You can often see whales from the point, but no such luck this time.  There is a neat little light house at the park you have to check out.

We drove back to Friday Harbor and had lunch then went out on the whale watching cruise.  We took the Western Prince Whale tour.  I have been on a half-dozen whale watching trips in California, Hawaii and the San Juan Islands, and this is probably just about the best.  There was a lot of activity in the pods we watched – so I hope I caught some of the excitement in the videos and pictures.

After getting back to Friday Harbor we got the car and got in line for the ferry.  After talking to the Western Prince folks when we got there they suggested we change our ferry reservations to the last ferry out.  We did, but made it back in time for our original time and was able to change back – getting back to Anacortes and Thousand Trails La Conner in time to share our experiences with the rest of the family who were exploring the trails and beaches at TT.

This was a great birthday present from my eldest daughter and family.  Thank you!

Happy Trails!

 

Deception Pass Bridge and State Park

Deception Pass – Puget Sound

Deception Pass State Park is just a hop, skip and a jump away from Thousand Trails La Conner.  We visited the park with our daughters many years ago, and again about 10 years ago when Christine and I took our first vacation ‘without kids’.

 

 

 

Deception Pass State Park – Little North Beach

Little North Beach is the closest beach to the Deception Pass Bridge – a magnificent engineering masterpiece composed of two bridges.  One over Canoe Pass and the other over Deception Pass.  The bridge was built in 1934-1935.  A fun fact from Wikipedia is that it cost more to paint the bridge in 1983 than to build it in 1934!

This is a great place to catch some drone footage, and we did!

There are lots of agates on the beach, this is a great place for any rock hound.  We had Little North Beach to ourselves for most of the time – amazing to have an entire beach for the family during the summer!  The kids and grandkids skipped rocks over the water, watched boats cruise by through the narrow gorge between the islands and soaked up the summer sun.  We truly escaped!

This is only a small part of the over 4,000 acres of Deception Pass State Park.  There are campgrounds, beaches and lots of walking trails to enjoy besides the view of the pass and bridge.

You can see it was fantastic weather in Washington.

Happy Trails!

Thousand Trails La Conner

Camping at Thousand Trails La Conner

We arrived back in California in April, so what’s up with this late post?  May saw the Trippin’ Engles up in Oregon for two months to prepare my dad’s house for sale.  He passed away on December 31st, and we had already started a few things to get the house ready to sell.  While we were gallivanting between Florida and California on our way to Oregon my brother had the house re-roofed and we ordered all new appliances for the kitchen.  We arrived in Eugene on April 30th and worked on the house through July 8th.

We had some great help – our cousin’s son did a home inspection for us and my nephew came up from Ashland to help paint during these first weeks in Eugene.

Take a break, Jeff & Christine!

By the third week of June we were FRIED and ready for a vacation.  Both of our daughters and their families met us up in La Conner to spend a week recharging our batteries and spend time with the grandkids.

La Conner Thousand Trails is on the Puget Sound north of Seattle on the Swinomish Indian Reservation and a perfect place to reset our brains.  I was able to spend some time flying the drone with a captive cast and a beautiful scenery backdrop.

Nestled between the Olympic Mountains and the Canadian Coast range on the west and the North Cascades on the east and the Puget Sound all around we were in heaven!  On top of that we had absolutely  perfect weather.

 

 

Christine bought an inflatable kayak on one of her visits to our cabin outside of Louisville New York and the weather was perfect for us to put it in the water for its maiden cruise (too many ‘gaters in Florida according to Christine).  Christine had also gotten an inflatable paddle board and it was time for it to get wet too.

Here’s our beach video at the boat ramp:

 

We have more to share of our stay at La Conner – we wanted to get this video off and to let you know that we are still around and kicking!

We have great internet now so watch for more soon!

 

Jeff & Christine

Happy Trails

 

 

Lake Minden

Lake Minden, Nicolaus California

 

Lake Minden RV Resort is a NACO/Thousand Trails RV park located in Nicolaus California between Sacramento and Marysville where highway 99 and 70 split.  This is the second time we have stayed at this RV park.  We are staying for 3 weeks.

The park is close to Sacramento and the Lake of the Woods State Wildlife area.  Our daughters live close by and it is a convenient place to camp while visiting family and friends.  We are also catching up on dental, medical and vet check-ups.

Lake Minden has a small lake where fishing is popular with the campers.  The California drought seems to be over for now, and it rained most days for the first two weeks at the campground.  The sites are level, and our campsite finally dried up the last week at the park.  Since we spent most days out visiting and taking care of business it did not impact us too much, but we welcomed having a dry space to enjoy sunny weather the last week here.

The only campsites that have sewer is Section A.  Only one spot was available when we arrived, and we didn’t fit in that site.  Only a few sites in Section A accommodate a 40’ RV.  The other section for RVs is Section D.  The sites have more space but only have water and 30 amp power, so we have to pull around to the dump station to empty our tanks.  We could have paid $25 for the honey wagon to empty us but decided not to use that service.

For the past several months, our Norcold refrigerator has had a lot of condensation that pooled at the bottom of the inside.  I finally took some time to diagnose the issue.  I first checked the drain hose and it seemed clear.  Then I checked where the drain hose connects to the tray under the fins inside the fridge.  I had to take out the restraining bars that prevent the shelves from sliding out then pulled out the tray.  The drain hose connector is broken where it connects to the tray so I ordered both a new drain hose and tray from norcoldparts.com.  Since I was not certain whether the hose came with a new connector or if it was part of the tray I got both.

I also sold the RViBrake2 and got the new RViBrake3 control panel set up.  The Tire Patrol tire monitoring sensors from RVi are not available yet, so we will continue to use the TireMinder sensors for tire pressure monitoring until they come in.  Once the Tire Patrol sensors arrive we will have one control panel for both brake status and Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).  We bought the RViBrake3 at the Tucson Escapee Escapade RV rally.

We spent time with our friends and family – here’s pictures from a walk in Rocklin

 

 

Our summer schedule has firmed up, and we will be going up north to Oregon for May and part of June, then up to the Puget Sound area north of Seattle for the rest of June and July.  Then back to the Sacramento area in August to work on a house there.  For the fall, we will be going to the Albuquerque Balloon festival!  We are excited about that.

Happy Trails!

 

Seligman Arizona to Lake Minden California

Seligman Arizona to Lake Minden California

March and April 2017

Route 66 and Seligman Arizona

March

 On our way to the next stop after leaving the Verde Valley is Kingman Arizona.  Before reaching Kingman is the little town of Seligman and a nice stretch of Route 66 that branches off the freeway.  We stopped at a ridge along Route 66 and gave our DJI Drone Eyes Of Lola a chance to stretch her propellers!  Not only did Lola travel route 66, but the drone did too.
About 20 miles down Route 66 is Seligman where we enjoyed walking by old cars and classic neon harking back to the days of 2-lane travel. After buying some Route 66 memorabilia we stepped back outside for some SNOW!  As usual, Sam the yellow lab was in the driver’s seat ready to get back on the road.

Desert Diamond Distillery

Kingman, Arizona

At Escapade in Tucson, we signed up for Harvest Hosts.  It is a service that matches RVers to farms, breweries, wineries and other businesses that let RVers lay-over for the night.  Many of these are a bit off the beaten track and look like fun diversions while traveling.  At the Fourth Street fair in Tucson, the oldest distillery in Arizona – Desert Diamond Distilleries – shared a bit of their product with me.  I am typically not a rum person, but “if you like sippin’ bourbon, you will like Gold Miner Dark Rum”.  With one sip that I could feel from my lips to my toes I knew it is a winer and a bottle slipped into my messenger bag!

Planning our route from the Verde Valley to California took us through Kingman Arizona.  Checking Harvest Hosts guess what business is listed in Harvest Hosts?  You guess it, Desert Diamond Distilleries!  We arrived mid-afternoon after driving a bit of historic Route 66 and stopping at Seligman to buy T-shirts and enjoy a bit of snow.

 

Peggy Sue’s Diner

Yermo, California – April

We drive through a small stretch of Nevada after leaving Arizona where we made a quick side-trip so the dogs could swim in the Colorado river at Bull Head City.  We drove through some beautiful desert country all through Arizona, Nevada and California especially this year after the desert received more rain than usual.  Another Harvest Hosts business is Peggy Sue’s Diner in Yermo, California, where we stayed next.

 

We had a nice dinner in the diner and took the dogs for a walk through a brushy area next to Peggy Sue’s.

Mojave and the Nipton Trading Post

We missed the peak blossoms at the floor of the Mojave, however the weather was perfect and the desert is green.  We traveled the back roads through Mojave and stopped at the Nipton Trading Post for pictures and a break.

Horse Creek Campground

Lake Kaweah, Lemon Cove, California

The drive up along Highway 65 going north from Bakersfield is magnificent this time of year with the wildflowers blooming and the Sierra mountains shining bright with fresh snow.  Our next stop is just outside of Lemon Cove at the Army Corps of Engineers campsite at Lake Kaweah.  The Horse Creek campground is only open from January to May.  After May it is usually under water.

With our senior discount staying at the campground is a real steal.

Lake Minden Thousand Trails

Nicholaus, California

A full post of Lake Minden is here.

 

Happy Trails!

Tucson and Camp Verde Arizona

Tucson (Escapee Escapade) and Camp Verde Arizona

March, 2017

 

 

Our first Escapade, and second RV rally.

Pima County Fairgrounds, Tucson Arizona

We arrived at the Pima County Fairgrounds in Tucson on Friday, with the Escapee Escapade not starting until Sunday. This gave us an excellent spot near a grassy area next to the Cantina that is a few steps away from all the activities. Our reservation at La Mesa RV to repair our slide-out is Monday and we have an easy exit and re-entry plan since we are at the edge of the RV parking.

Lola’s Slide-out

Oh yes, forgot to mention our slide-out issue. 2 days before arriving in Tucson when we brought out sides in at Las Cruces we heard a ‘crunch’ from our big slide-out. At the next stop in Lordsburg the slide stopped with about ½ inch left to go in. Trying again, the slide stopped (with a crunch) with an inch left to go in.

Christine called Winnebago and they thought one of the teeth of the slide-out ram had broken, and it was OK for us to drive with it that way. Christine then scheduled a time for the repair of the slide-out in Tucson at the La Mesa RV dealer. We purchased Lola from La Mesa in Davis California and that seemed to help us get an emergency time slot while we are in Tucson.

On Monday La Mesa identified the issue: a bolt for the slide-out had broken. This is an issue they have seen before, and a permanent fix done by La Mesa – by welding a bracket in place of the bolt – resolves the problem. Of course, our service plan (extended warranty) does not cover BOLTS & SCREWS! $500 for a half a day’s labor and Lola’s is ready to rock & roll again. Thank you La Mesa for getting us in while staying at the Escapade.

Escapade

We enjoyed the Tucson Escapade. Since Jeff did not volunteer this time around we were able to focus on attending seminars and going to the show. Our favorite seminars were Harvest Hosts, Habitat for Humanity (FMCA has a specific chapter associated with Habitat for Humanity), Ham Radio while traveling and boondocking. The Ham Radio and Boondocking seminars were at the same time, so Jeff went to the radio seminar and Christine went to the Boondocking seminar – hosted by Boondockers Welcome.

What we missed were non-product specific seminars. At the FMCA rally this last August in Massachusetts, most of the seminars were not product specific, but more general.  The few product specific seminars were clearly labeled as such.  It would have been very beneficial to have some of the special interest groups (Birds of a Feather [BOF]) present. For example there is a boondocking BOF that would have been a great topic.

The chapter area was helpful. It was fun talking with Jojoba Hills SKP (Escapee) co-op and something we may look into in the future. Also talking with the various chapters so we can figure out what local camping events we can attend was useful.

The vendor area had a good selection of products, and we made a fairly major upgrade purchasing the RViBrake3 and the associated tire monitoring. Our RViBrake2 has worked well and our TireMinder Tire Pressure Monitoring equipment monitors Lola and the Toad’s tires.

One big improvement of the RViBrake3 is that it uses a tablet interface that makes it easier for us to keep tabs on the brakes and tire pressure (using RVi Tire Patrol); plus it is one interface to watch for both functions. And I must admit that I’m a bit of a sucker getting ‘new and improved’ technology. The geek is hard to retire!

The weather was nice, and the DJI Drone Eyes of Lola took to the skies again to capture the Pima Fairgrounds and the Escapee Escapade.

The entertainment was top-notch with a Native American group (Native Spirit) performing one night, and an amazing Escapee member talent show another night.

On the Friday after Escapade, we spent the day at the Tucson 4th street fair – a huge street fair – with my cousins David and Linda who live in Tucson.

 

Camp Verde

At first we planned on staying at the Thousand Trails just outside of Cottonwood, Arizona at Verde Valley so we could explore the Sedona area after Escapade, however there are no campsites available at  Thousand Trails Verde Valley. We thought about staying at the BLM land near Thousand Trails, but were uncertain about finding a campsite so decided to stay at Camp Verde RV resort in (surprise!) Camp Verde.

The campground is centrally located.   We explored Montezuma’s National Monument – a cliff dwelling site, Montezuma’s well, Cottonwood, Jerome (unique ghost town) and Sedona.

There is so much to see, and so little time! A week is not nearly enough time for both exploring and vegging out, so we EXPLORED!

Cottonwood

We flew the Eyes Of Lola drone up on a ridge near Thousand Trails and at the campground at Camp Verde.

We also found a great natural food store with a variety of medications for our mature hounds, grocery stores and other ‘necessities’ such as a great coffee shop and cool tavern (with local craft beer offerings) in town.

Montezuma Castle National Monument and Tuzigoot

Montezuma Castle National Monument is the site of a cliff dwelling dating back over 1,000 years, while Tuzigoot is a hilltop structure that was carefully restored from piles of rock walls left behind from early inhabitants.

Montezuma Castle

Tuzigoot

It’s amazing to walk where Native American’s lived so many years ago, and see the cultural artifacts of that civilization.

Montezuma Well

Montezuma Well is a ‘detached’ unit of the Montezuma Castle National Monument.

Along its walls is a cliff dwelling.  No fish live in the water, however leeches live in there and the water bubbles up from the bottom.  The well itself is very deep.

Jerome Ghost Town

Jerome is a unique ghost town that abandoned in the early 1950’s. At that time it had 3 car dealerships, movie houses and many restaurants to support the miners. Perched on the side of a mountain at an elevation of nearly 1 mile above sea level there are amazing views of the Verde Valley.

From Jerome, you can look out and see the San Francisco peaks still covered in snow.

Sedona

Sedona has some spectacular scenery and is well worth the visit.  The town itself is more high-end shopping destination that we spent a short time at.

Driving around the town presents lots of Photo-Ops, especially some side-trips to the surrounding parks. Humans have lived in the area for about 10,000 years!

This is an area that we plan on returning to, as there is still so much more to explore.

Happy Trails!

Abilene Texas to Benson Arizona

Abilene Texas to Benson Arizona

March 2017

 

 Abilene Texas

Buck Creek RV Park

Buck Creek RV Park is a very simple, full hook up RV park overlooking Abilene. They offer all pull through campsites.  It is a great place to stop if you are passing through or exploring Abilene for a few days.

What surprised us about Highway 20 in general throughout Texas was how rough of a road it was. So many pot holes and a very rough ride.

 Midland Texas & the I-20 Nature Preserve

Midland RV Resort

We arrived in Midland Texas and stayed at the Midland RV Park with a threat of wind, rain and thunder-storms. Arriving around noon we ended up having dark clouds and strong winds the rest of the remaining day.

We also hit the jackpot at this RV place due to having a highly recommended RV Repair person available about 30 minutes after we arrived.   If you need RV repairs, call Leon Booth (Mobile RV Tech) in Midland.  You can find him doing a Google search.  Fortunately he was able to fix our hot water heater within an hour, which then allowed us plenty of time to take in a hike just across the street from where we were staying at the I-20 Wildlife Preserve –  bird sanctuary. What a treat that was.

The I-20 Wildlife preserve just across the street from the RV Park as promised, had lots of birds, turtles and other wildlife giving us a nice break from our travels.  No dogs allowed though, so leave your pooches in the RV.

The storm hit us in the late evening and was pretty much over by the time we were ready to leave the next day.

Van Horn, Texas

 

 

We decided to take a break from our one night stays to stay at Van Horn for two nights. A very interesting place with lots of history in the surrounding area. Of course, we were now in the desert and what’s there? Pickers that just about took the dogs out from walking any distance. Desert in the spring time, especially after rain is such a beautiful place, just watch for those darn weeds.

We ended up having a wonderful breakfast at the restaurant on site at the campground before heading out to explore the area.  Starting with a visit to the local museum in downtown Van Horn, we learned a lot about the local area, past and present.  We also learned that the CEO of Amazon owns much of the land north of Van Horn and is planning on some very interesting things for it’s future. See link for more details.

Valentine Texas, about 35 minutes from our camping place is a ghost town, but does have a few hundred residents. (still not sure how that qualifies as a ghost town).  A few old buildings were there with some old cars, etc. from its hay day.  The winds were friendly, so the Eyes of Lola – our DJI Mavic Drone was up and flying at Valentine!

We stopped at the site known as Prada just on the outskirts of Valentine. The store (not actually a place to shop, just a display) was set up with some Prada purses, etc. It is a great place to stop and take a pictures of a unique object d’art.

Las Cruces, New Mexico

There are some really nice rest areas along the interstate going through New Mexico.  The wild flowers were blooming all through the hills.

We ended up staying at the Las Cruces KOA on the side of a hill overlooking Las Cruces for just one night. What a view no matter what time of the day.

As we arrived just after noon,  going out for lunch  in the ‘old town’ of  Mesilla before heading to Walmart to pick up Jeff’s prescription for an infected tooth. The restaurant was a treat for us and we walked around the old part of town a bit just enjoying some of the local tourist offerings.

Heading to Walmart, we did some quick grocery shopping before realizing we had gone to the wrong one to pick up Jeff’s prescription. Who knew that Las Cruces had three Walmart.

Lordsburg, New Mexico

Our next stop was at the Lordsburg KOA.  It is a clean campground that is convenient to the freeway.  Eyes of Lola was out and we did a little more flying at this quick one-night layover on our way to Tucson Escapade.

 

Benson, Arizona

Our last stop before Tucson was the Cochise Terrace RV Resort in Benson, Arizona.  Cochise Terrace is an upscale RV park with lots of activities.  We could have stayed here for a couple of weeks exploring the hills and ghost towns in the area, but the Escapee Escapade was calling us.

Arriving in Benson just after noon and the first question out of my mouth was, can we wash the RV and car in the park. They weren’t recognizable any longer, covered with dust from the time we left Florida until now. Our assigned campsite was asphalt for our overnight stay and they did allow us to wash both Lola and Toad for $5. Thank goodness. The wash took about 2 hrs to complete but we at least got the initial layer of dust off and buffed out the layer of minerals that had settled on the surface where the water heater had leaked onto the RV and the car.

Once we stopped cleaning and had a quick bite to eat, we were able to explore a bit in the area and take the DJI drone up for a quick flight before the evening sunset.  After all that we were glad to head back to the RV to catch some much-needed ZZZzzzzz’s.  All this traveling is exhausting.  🙂

Happy Trails!

 

Lake Whitney Thousand Trails

Lake Whitney Thousand Trails

March, 2017

 

Lake Whitney is spread out over 400 acres with lots of trails for horses and dogs. There are about 250 campsites available. The leaves were just peeking out with a few wildflowers here and there. The wind was calm, so the Eyes of Lola – our DJI Mavic Drone was in the air a lot.

Lake Whitney did not have the flood damage that happened at Lake Tawakoni, and the facilities are in better repair. The campgrounds were pretty spacious with trees scattered throughout. There is an on-site marina for those with boats, and an amazing amount of wildlife in the marshland near the lodge that we were lucky enough to catch with the drone.

We did take the dogs out to Lake Whitney and they had their first swim in months without having to worry about gators.

While at Lake Whitney, we visited Magnolia Market at the Silos in Waco Texas.  I have to say that was one of the highlights in our trip through Texas.  I thought it was just going to be a shopping stop for Christine. Boy, was I wrong. It was an experience! You really have to visit to appreciate all the work they have done. From the billboards on the highway showing their support of Waco to the huge (and I mean HUGE) playground in the market complex.

You have to stop and get some cupcakes at the bakery, and there are several lunch wagons around the playground area creating a very different shopping experience for anyone of any age. They also have a seed store with a beautiful garden

Happy Trails!